Statement from Wrexham AFC on the passing of photographer Les Evans (full statement at wrexhamafc.co.uk)
“Everyone at the Racecourse was so saddened to hear of the passing of club photographer Les Evans.
He died this morning at Nightingale House Hospice, where the staff have looked after him so well in recent weeks.
Skipper Dean Keates was one of the first to react when he learnt of the news and spoke on behalf of all at the football club.
“He was a great bloke and so much a part of the club during my time,” said Dean.
“Les was at every game and was always at the training ground to make sure he got the first photograph of any newsworthy event. He loved to chat about anything that was going on and like a good newspaperman had the nose for a story. We’ll all miss him.”
Yesterday Wrexham FC announced the appointment of Gary Mills as new manager.
In a statement from the club;
“Following media reports the Board of Directors would like to provide a progress report regarding selection of the new first team manager position at Wrexham AFC.
Following the advertising of the post, we received circa 80 applicants for the position of first team manager. Our search priority was to find a new manager who would play an exciting brand of football and enable us to challenge for promotion again next season.
These criteria were fully met by Gary Mills, whose extensive knowledge of the league and previous promotions made him an ideal candidate.
Significant progress was made in our discussions with Gary and we were able to confirm his appointment on Tuesday evening – prior to his departure for a family holiday.
We would like to thank Gateshead FC and their chairman Graham Wood for the professional way in which they have dealt with our approach”
For full details and to watch the press conference visit www.wrexhamafc.co.uk
The campaign to save Saith Seren from closure has been backed by the Welsh centre’s board.
The Wrexham cooperative’s board met over the weekend to discuss options facing the centre, which is due to close on May 16th because the community venture has been unable to pay rent.
Marc Jones, who chairs the cooperative, said: “We’ve been overwhelmed by the support from Wrexham, Wales and beyond after we were told that Saith Seren would be closing. We’re very grateful for the kind words from all those who have contacted us.
“As a board we’ve been very careful to ensure that all our bills can be paid and that our staff are fully paid. We want to make sure that Saith Seren is a going concern.
“That’s why we’ve very grateful that Say Something in Welsh has launched a pledge to give £10 or more a month to support Saith Seren.
The event will be held at Llwyn Isaf (The Guild Hall) in the centre of the town and is expected to have a record number of exhibitors attending the two day event, as well as cooking demonstrations, live music and children’s entertainment.
Organised by Nightingale House Hospice in conjunction with the Destination Wrexham Partnership and Wrexham County Borough Council, all proceeds from the festival go towards the provision of palliative care at the Wrexham based Hospice.
And to launch the event, two of the town’s major producers have joined together with both the Destination Wrexham Partnership and Nightingale House at the Hospice.
“We’re delighted that both Wrexham Lager and the Royal Oak from Bangor on Dee, producers of the famous Wrexham Burger, will be joining us at Llwyn Isaf amongst a record number of other producers from across Wrexham and the region.”
“Sharing our passion for reading and rhyme”
Wrexham’s first literary festival, Carnival of Words , offers a delightful array of literature, poetry and entertainment events for all. A number of local businesses are supporting the events which expect to be sold out in advance with very affordable ticket prices. A temporary shop will be open in Eagles Meadow during April, hosting free events, providing information and interaction with the general public.
Tickets on sale through Eventbrite now and from early March at Wrexham Waterstones and Wrexham Library.
The full programme of events is available on the Wrexham Carnival of Words Facebook group.
For more information contact: email@example.com Debbie Williams or Ann Hughes, Wrexham Library, 01978 292090